How to turn on the away time in office communicator

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How to turn on the away time in office communicator
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Workers can instantly communicate with colleagues in a variety of locations using the Microsoft Office Communicator application with telephone, voice over Internet protocol, instant messaging, video conferencing and desktop-sharing capabilities. Communicator's presence function automatically modifies a user's away time based on current computer use, activity level and Outlook's calendar schedule. Users can also change the presence status manually following these steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Manually Change the Away-Time Status

  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Office Communicator window. Navigate to the status area on the page.

  2. 2

    Click on your name, then click on the "Away" status option.

  3. 3

    Navigate back to the main Communicator window.

    Change the Default Away-Time Setting

  1. 1

    Click on the "Actions" menu in the Communicator window. Click on the "Options" button, then click on the "Rules" tab.

  2. 2

    View the "Show Me as Away" time options in the status area. Click on a time between 5 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. 3

    Click on "OK" to return to the main Communicator window.

Tips and warnings

  • The "Away" status also turns on if the computer's screensaver turns on or if the computer is locked before the inactivity time elapses.

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